2020 Year in Review

2020 was a year that proved we are Stronger Together.  Year four of our all-volunteer effort to make a difference in building literacy as a foundation for children in low-income communities brought its own share of unique challenges, chief among them the pandemic and the ensuing cancellation of Oktoberfest (our major fundraising event).  But we […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Patrice Shumate

Patrice was a member of our Management Committee before relocating to Texas, where she now resides with her husband and two young sons.  She continues as BFN’s volunteer Director of Development, leading our efforts to identify and apply for funding from charitable donor organizations with missions aligned with our own.  Her Masters in Social Work […]

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Volunteer Spotlight: Paula Brazill Wallrich

Nurses in NICUs in Minnesota published findings about the calming effects that colorful crocheted octupi (like the one pictured here) have upon newborns in their care. Paula – a long ago St. Louis resident who now lives in suburban Chicago and puts her considerable crocheting skills to work for several charities there — read those […]

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Donor Spotlight: Kyle & Bridget McClellan

Former World Series Champion pitcher Kyle McClellan and his wife Bridget, who serves as Executive Director of their BraceforImpact46 Foundation, donated 150 “lightly used” children’s books for our expanding Big Brothers Big Sisters program, sparking several other young mothers “like new” book drives that have collected well over 1,000 more books so far. Their BraceforImpact46 […]

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2019 in Review

2019 was truly magical. In only our third year as an active all volunteer organization, we doubled the number of families we had reached the prior year, putting books in the hands of 3,173 mothers of newborns through our twelve delivery partners. In only three short years we have created more than 6,500 newborn libraries […]

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